Forget the turkey and trimmings for Christmas dinner and head to McDonald's, where cheery employees will be volunteering to work without any overtime payments.
Christmas day is a holiday opportunity not to be missed for McDonald’s CEO Jim Johannesen, who fervently hopes customers will be enticed by the festive menu.
According to Time Johannesen sent a memo to franchise holders urging: "Ensure your restaurants are open throughout the holidays."
Another memo advised "Our largest holiday opportunity as a system is Christmas Day. Last year, (company-operated) restaurants that opened on Christmas averaged $5,500 in sales."
A McDonald's spokeswoman said employees voluntarily sign up to work in the holidays and there is no regular overtime pay.
A petition has been set up on Change asking McDonald's to not make employees work on Christmas Day. The petition points out that Christmas Day is a chance for employees to spend time with family and friends, adding: "Corporate employees still get Christmas off, but they think it's okay for store employees to have to work on the one holiday we're supposed to have off. We have also been informed that we won't be receiving holiday pay for working on Christmas."
McDonald's drive to open on Christmas has more to do with beefing up the share price than offering Christmas cheer.